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Why do python generators and functions share the “def” keyword?

Consider the following: def some_function(): return 1 def some_generator(): yield 1 In the code above, some_function is a function, while some_generator is a generator. They look quite ...
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Application with really dynamic data structure [closed]

Well, I'm on the verge of this project that really puzzled me. The situation is, in our office, we have a department that collect data about the corporate performance indicators from all across the ...
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Is catching general exceptions really a bad thing?

I typically agree with most code analysis warnings, and I try to adhere to them. However, I'm having a harder time with this one: CA1031: Do not catch general exception types I understand the ...
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How far to go when future proofing fluent-method-chained-DSL test code?

Is it worth implementing interfaces, or using the getThis() trick, or even static factory methods to future proof against the need to extend this DSL? The current design is a pair of thin ...
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Software release question: do you refactor pre or post-release?

I work in finance and we have some calculators that I support. I can come up with programming solutions, but I don't have a lot of software design or release management experience. I was recently ...
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How to design database tables for a Factory class?

How can I design database table structure for a class that varies in its core parameters, when it is created by a factory method? I have a Factory like this: class ProductFactory { public ...
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What is a best practice tier structure of a Java EE 6/7 application?

I was attempting to find a best practice for modeling the tiers in a Java EE application yesterday and couldn't come up with anything current. In the past, say java 1.4, it was four tiers: ...
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Pattern for checking online service availability

I'm not sure that this is entirely on-topic, but I'll try to make it so. I have an online service (API) and an Android application that uses it for all actions in the app. At the current moment, ...
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Using many Resource URI to create a Record and handling failure

Hi Guys, I have a decision to make to solve a problem, I’m describing the problem below. Application Overview I have an ASP.NET MVC 4 webApp which uses Rest Api for almost all the tasks, from Login ...
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How to avoid chatty interfaces

Background: I am designing a server application and creating separate dll's for different subsystems. To simplify things, let's say I have two subsystems: 1) Users 2) Projects Users's public ...
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How do we design a good website, not graphical? [closed]

I always created an application without proper design before creating it and having a very hard to manage code which I don't want to touch it again. I understand to create a system we have these ...
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Strategies for parameter wrapping

Methods with many parameters are often sometimes unavoidable. In my own experience I often find this is the case for program entry points and complex mathematical procedures - where refactoring is ...
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Is my auto-update standard reasonable?

I'm looking to come up with a standard for how to implement a system that will automatically update software. As such, there is no actual programming (yet), but I still want to make sure my standard ...
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To cache or not to cache a ReadOnlyWrapper object?

I have a system with a structure like this: The ConcreteWriteable is caching the ReadOnlyWrapper. This is a similar system to what .Net's System.Array uses for its Array.AsReadOnly<T>(T[] ...
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Designing a REST api by URI vs query string

Let's say I have three resources that are related like so: Grandparent (collection) -> Parent (collection) -> and Child (collection) The above depicts the relationship among these resources ...
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Designs for outputting to a spreadsheet

I'm working on a project where we are tasked to gather and output various data to a spreadsheet. We are having tons of problems with the file that holds the code to write the spreadsheet. The cell ...
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Heuristics on when should one subclass and when not [closed]

Are there any good tips, when one should subclass and when should not? It's clear that we should not subclass when we want to reuse a single method of some class we override all methods, changing ...
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Are there any design pattern to data binding in event driven architecture?

I develop a browser based game with node.js in back and HTML5 canvas in front-end. It use WebSockets for communication. My plan is to generate business events in client side, e.g.: "finishJob". ...
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Maximizing reuse out of a function primitive in CUDA

I'm working on the implementation of a few related algorithms in CUDA, all of which require a primitive that we'll call f(). The related algorithms can't simply call f though, as they require f to ...
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Injecting dependencies (DI) in c++ applications

I am playing with dependency injection, but i am not sure I am doing it right. Especially, I am not sure what should be the correct way to build classes with injected dependencies. Say I have a class ...
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trigger chat across multiple devices?

I am building up a chat app. I am struggling with the idea of syncronizing the chat messages in real time. My Scenario : trigger chat messages(incoming and outgoing) on multiple devices ...
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Architecture for process that can be invoked to return errors as well as silently [closed]

I'm looking for some high level design/architectural input for the following. I have "some business process" I am writing in code (the importing of data from various CSVs into a database. There is ...
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Difference between a service class and a Helper class

I would like to know what differentiates a Service class from a utility class or a helper class? A class only with underlying methods calls the dao's is a service? Doesn't the usage of Helper ...
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Multiple users using the same script for their websites

I'm working on a project, I have a question regarding the architecture: Say I have a many python scripts on my server and there's main.py which contains all the classes. And there's a script called ...
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How to determine which service to call

I have modeled my application using multiple 'user' domain objects. Candidate Recruiter Administrator Each entity extends from an AbstractUser implementing UserInterface. interface UserInterface ...
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Individual methods or parameters for Google Analytics abstraction on Android

A coworker and I are having a discussion around the best way to build our abstraction on top of Google Analytics for an Android application. A couple of data points. We have auto-tracking enabled ...
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Should I use a large if statement inside a view or create a different view entirely?

I'm using the MVC architecture Laravel 4.2 to create a relatively complex web application. This application consists of a website which is very heavily based on whether an event has occurred or will ...
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How do I avoid cascading refactorings?

I've got a project. In this project I wished to refactor it to add a feature, and I refactored the project to add the feature. The problem is that when I was done, it turned out that I needed to make ...
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Ensuring non conflicting components in a modular system

So lets say we are creating a simple "modular system" framework. The bare bones might be the user management. But we want things like the Page Manager, the Blog, the Image Gallery to all be ...
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How should nodes in a chain be connected?

Suppose you were building a system that receives data on one end and sends filtered data on the other end. The system is a chain of nodes, each receiving data from the node before and sending ...
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MVC pattern synchronisation

I am facing a problem in synchronizing my model and view threads I have a view which is table. In it, user can select a few rows. I update the view as soon as the user clicks on any row since I don't ...
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Integration between services in a SOA

Assume we have a Bounded Context for Inventory (InventoryBC) and another one for Shipments (ShipmentsBC). These 2 BCs need to communicate together. They are hosted on 2 different services on different ...
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Options for constructing an object that is not logically initialized until all fields are set

I am working on a Pokemon game at the moment, and am running into some design concerns. The easiest example is as follows: Each Species of Pokemon has several traits that are required before it is ...
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Global state of games(or other). Example : Waiting,Betting,Battling in gambling game

So I'm making a IRC betting bot. Basically the game/bot has three states of taking-in chat. State 1 : Betting If anyone says "!bet team money" parse it and record. State 2 : Battling Take nothing ...
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How does the consumer-producer solution work?

I'm only a beginner, and my book doesn't cover this subject. I have researched my problem and found that an implementation of the consumer-producer pattern is the ideal solution, and have Googled it, ...
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Entry point constructor vs init(),run() etc

Lets suppose we have some Js Widget, that includes three objects view, controller, model. var MyWidget=function(){ this.setModel(new Model()); this.setView(new View()); this.setController(new ...
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When writing object-oriented code, should I always be following a design pattern?

Is there a conceivable design pattern for any object-oriented program? I ask this because recently I saw an implementation of a Door class with a Lock. It was part of a test and the answer said that ...
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How would a modern website like Reddit divide up its website into Django apps? [closed]

Django uses apps to divide projects into manageable and reusable chunks. All examples in tutorials use polls or articles in unrelatable circumstances. In a modern example like Reddit (or even Amazon ...
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Special parameters for behaviour, good or bad practice?

I really was questioning to myself where to ask this, as I could not decide myself. This is more of a software design question. Context I currently maintain a small Node.js module on NPM which ...
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What differences are between “play-by-play”, design and implementation of an OS? [closed]

From two books' review Daniel Bovet and Marco Cesati. Understanding the Linux Kernel (2nd Edition or newer): Note: this book has some tendency to function as a play-by-play of what happens ...
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Scoping template variables in “has-a” (compositional) relationships

I'm developing a new templating language for PHP, and one of the features is an object-oriented approach to nested child templates. For example, I can declare an object of type HtmlBuilder like this: ...
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SOLID principles vs YAGNI

When do the SOLID principles become YAGNI? As programmers we make trade-offs all the time, between complexity, maintainability, time to build and so forth. Amongst others, two of the smartest ...
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How should I structure an application containing business logic and display? [duplicate]

I'm working on a simple board game that will run in the browser. I'm thinking how to structure the program and I'd like to hear your opinions. The program will consist of the user interface part (the ...
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JavaScript program design: to what degree should I separate logic and display?

Consider you wanting to implement a simple game of checkers. There would be a rectangular game board and the player would able to move the pieces around according to a particular set of rules. ...
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How to separate out below tightly coupled classes

I have two classes which are somewhat tightly coupled to one another. Lets call them A and B. A derives from C and B derives from D. B is the class whose instance is created by the system and then B ...
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Repository pattern without entity framework?

Is it possible to implement the Repository pattern without using entity framework? I am working on a small dev team of 3 on a small scale (for now) ASP.NET MVC solution. I told my manager that I ...
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How to organize points on a sphere in bins and navigate between bins?

I'm having trouble coming up with a suitable way to navigate through a set of star coordinates in the Equatorial Coordinate System. My goal is to display those which are within a given range of ...
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Is it feasible and useful to auto-generate some code of unit tests?

Earlier today I have come up with an idea, based upon a particular real use case, which I would want to have checked for feasability and usefulness. This question will feature a fair chunk of Java ...
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How can I (in general) program a website for mobile devices?

I really tried searching about this in the internet but came upon diverse search results which barely specified what must be done specifficaly. I'm now running ubuntu and php5 through nginx, amongst ...
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Cleanest choice for symmetric operations

I have a need to do some processing from a format A to a format B and from B to A. The job in one direction is very similar to its counterpart. Both formats are represented with an interface Msg. In ...